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Green School Awards Program. Application Process for PPPCS. Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators.

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Green school awards program

Green School Awards Program

Application Process for PPPCS


Maryland association for environmental and outdoor educators

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators

Mission is to encourage, train & support Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in promoting sustainability, addressing human needs, and conserving Earth’s natural resources.

1997- Green School Awards Program announced.


What does it mean to be green

What does it mean to be “green”?

  • Schools are recognized for having made a commitment to environmental education

    • authentic learning

    • local environment issue investigation

    • professional development with EE best practices

    • community stewardship

  • Review process: non-competitive

  • Schools must re-apply every 3 years

  • 24 Baltimore City Schools recognized as of May 2012


Green school awards program

PLUS….

The bonus of this

flag at 27 N. Lakewood Ave!


What does a green school look like

What does a Green School look like?

  • Students have opportunities at all grade levels and across disciplines to learn about and address environmental issues

    • In the classroom

    • On the school site

    • Within the local and regional community


Past green school achievements

Past Green School Achievements

Implementation of school-wide recycling program

Trashless Tuesdays or Waste-free Wednesdays

Built a native plant garden with raised beds

Schoolwide fundraiser benefitting “Pennies for the Planet”

Storm drain stenciling

Shad raise and release program

Rain garden

Environmental/outdoor field trips


Being green helps our students

Being Green Helps our Students

  • Develop a “Sense of Place”

    • Exposing them to the interconnectedness of life

    • What is my role in the community and the environment?

  • Develop Place Attachment

    • Builds an emotional bond to a place

  • Authentic EE activities allow students to examine their role in the community and the environment.


Evidence for achievement effects

Evidence for Achievement Effects

  • Research on effective schools shows that students’ sense of connectedness to school and community is an important element of achievement.

    • significantly enhanced student performance on standardized multi-disciplinary achievement tests

    • significantly improved student achievement motivation and critical-thinking skills

    • more collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, and more frequent use of service learning projects, by teachers


Resources for teachers

Resources for Teachers

  • Project Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree (sharepoint)

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    • http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/classroom.asp

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    • http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/our-mission/educate


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